Category Archives: RIP

R.I.P. Lauren Bacall

This was the magazine cover that started it all. Howard Hawks was looking for a protege, a girl he could mold into his perfect woman who could play in those fabulous macho movies he made. His wife, “Slim” Hawks, saw … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Robin Williams

I was on my way home this morning from a screening (that had been canceled last-minute due to a problem with the print or something). I decided to swing by Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway and 50th on my way … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Robin Williams

He came and spoke at my school. He answered questions. He was hilarious, of course, but also forthcoming. But what was extraordinary about him in person, and what is with me right now, on this very sad day, is how … Continue reading

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R.I.P., Elaine Stritch

“You cannot tell an audience a lie. They know it before you do; before it’s out of your mouth, they know it’s a lie.” – Elaine Stritch That quote from Stritch is the key. It is why her work is … Continue reading

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R.I.P to the Last of the Ramones

Here’s Variety’s obituary for Tommy Ramone.

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R.I.P. Paul Mazursky

John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands in Paul Mazursky’s “Tempest.” “I seem to have a natural bent toward humor and I seem to make people laugh, but I think there is in me a duality. I like to make people cry … Continue reading

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R.I.P., Eli Wallach

His career spanned 60 years. An inspiration to many young actors (including myself as a kid), he worked nearly until the very end. He and his wife of 66 years, Anne Jackson (married since 1948), often performed together over the … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Ruby Dee

I was waiting for this, and here it is. My good pal Odie Henderson, and fellow contributor, who helped moderate the QA with Spike Lee at Ebertfest following the screening of Do the Right Thing (in which, of course, … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Ruby Dee

Pioneering actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee has passed away at the age of 91. The New York Daily News has a comprehensive obituary detailing the sheer scope of this woman’s life, she who was working almost right up … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Bunny Yeager

My pal Bill Teck shared this 15-minute interview he shot between questioner Youri Mevs and the pioneer pin-up photographer Bunny Yeager at the Miami International Book Fair in 2012. Bunny Yeager just passed away last week. I loved this exchange: … Continue reading

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